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Pont de Tancarville (Wikipedia): a red bridge in Normandie, next to Le Havre, seen on "Le Cerveau" (with Bourvil and Belmondo)



Sweet fruit from China, with white flesh (wikipedia)



Red-skinned fruit with white flesh and black seeds (wikipedia)



Sometimes, after turning off the keyboard raw mode for debugging or recovery purposes (with ALT-SysRq-r), it does not get back to raw mode automatically when switching back to X.

This command allows to put the keboyard in raw mode again:

kbd_mode -s


About the video (wikipedia)

A video from Nickelback that my lao po enjoys.

I had to find it back with quite a fuzzy description: a music video with a girl dying in car accident, after her boyfriend died in a car accident, she drops a bottle of milk on the floor and is reading a newspaper.

Outch.

Hopefully, other people already answered this, as found by googling "music video car crash" :)

Too bad I spent so long trying with "accident" instead of "crash" before...



/notes/music Pete Kronowitt Sun, 20 Sep 2009

Folk-rock from Pete Kronowitt (day-job about Linux at Intel)

(myspace)



/notes/tv Over There Sat, 02 May 2009

A TV series about a unit of the US army during Iraq war (2005)

Over There (wikipedia)



/notes/actors Lucy Liu Sun, 26 Apr 2009

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005154/

Lucky Number Slevin Charlie's Angels Kill Bill Payback



/notes/words/english Jettisson Tue, 21 Apr 2009

Definition (on dictionary.com):

  • to cast (goods) overboard in order to lighten a vessel or aircraft or to improve its stability in an emergency.
  • to throw off (something) as an obstacle or burden; discard.
  • (Cards) to discard (an unwanted card or cards).

French translation (on wordreference):

  • (from ship) jeter qqch par-dessus bord
  • (from plane) larguer
  • (idée théorie) rejeter

From Oracle buys Sun -- may jettison MySQL (LinuxDevices.com)



The big part is rediffing the loop-AES patch. Fortunately, upstream provides a patch for 2.14, but I want to update util-linux-ng to 2.14.1, so it has to be reworked. This new 2.14.1 version introduces a patch to support loopback autoclear on umount, which gets in the way of the loop-AES patch, so better remove it.

Since the loop-AES patch is quite intrusive, to rediff it, it is easier to start for an old tree with loop-AES, and apply the upstream diff from 2.14 to 2.14.1 on it.

wget http://loop-aes.sourceforge.net/updates/util-linux-ng-2.14-20080624.diff.bz2
wget ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux-ng/v2.14/util-linux-ng-2.14.tar.bz2
wget ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux-ng/v2.14/util-linux-ng-2.14.1.tar.bz2
tar xjf util-linux-ng-2.14.tar.bz2
tar xjf util-linux-ng-2.14.1.tar.bz2
# extract the autoclear on umount patch from a util-linux-ng git checkout
git show e84feaecfdf44a33ef9eccc5a56c8a6999466140 > util-linux-ng-2.14.1-umount-autoclear.patch

# prepare a 2.14.1 tree without the annoying umount autoclear patch
cp -a util-linux-ng-2.14.1 util-linux-ng-2.14.1-no-umount-autoclear
patch -p1 -R -d util-linux-ng-2.14.1-no-umount-autoclear < util-linux-ng-2.14.1-umount-autoclear.patch
rm -f util-linux-ng-2.14.1-no-umount-autoclear/mount/lomount.c.orig

# get a diff between the old and new versions
diff -rNu util-linux-ng-2.14{,.1-no-umount-autoclear} > 2.14.1.patch

# start from the old version with the loop-AES patch
cp -a util-linux-ng-2.14 util-linux-ng-2.14.1-loop-aes
bzip2 -dc util-linux-ng-2.14-20080624.diff.bz2 | patch -p1 -d util-linux-ng-2.14.1-loop-aes

# apply the upstream diff from 2.14 to 2.14.1
patch -p1 -d util-linux-ng-2.14.1-loop-aes < 2.14.1.patch

# find and fix (or drop) the few rejects
find util-linux-ng-2.14.1-loop-aes -name '*.rej'
emacs util-linux-ng-2.14.1-loop-aes/mount/Makefile.am

# write the update loop-AES patch
diff -rNu -x Makefile.in -x semantic.cache -x '*~' -x '*.orig' -x '*.rej' \
     util-linux-ng-2.14.1 util-linux-ng-2.14.1-loop-aes \
     > util-linux-ng-2.14.1-loopAES.patch
# check that no files are missing or incorrectly touched
diffstat util-linux-ng-2.14.1-loopAES.patch


/notes/music Louis XIV Thu, 21 Aug 2008

post-punk revival band

(myspace) (official website)



Chupacbra (wikipedia) is a cryptid (urban legend creature) from Latin America, supposed to attack and drink the blood of other animals (hence its name, "goat sucker").



A funny patch name from Bill Nottingham:

$ grep ^+ SOURCES/sysvinit-2.86-godot.patch | tail -n 1
+       {"WT",WAITING},

(patch on ViewCVS)

It comes from a Samuel Beckett play, En attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot)



Quite unsavory, the environment is nicely set and the theme could have been promising, but the story is plain straight and extremly easy.

Could have a been a decent TV series episode, but probably not what one expects from The X-Files (it could have been fine in Without a Trace or 1-800-Missing).

Curiously, Xzibit (host of the Pimp my Ride show) perfectly fits in his FBI agent character.

(spoil possibly follows)

Scully goes find Mulder in his reclusive live, to help the FBI solve a non-X file, just because a psych is involved. And since Mulder is the only stubborn being on earth, he almost succeeds in solving the case, mostly by following the primary lead, how surprising. Too bad he's so clumsy at tailing and catching the bad guys. Fortunately for him, Scully starts to believe right at the suitable time...

The only "supernatural" substance is the poor pedophile priest which happens to have visions, but a psychic may appear in pretty much all sorts of productions nowadays, nothing very fancy.

And too bad the scientific themes (stem cells and body transplant) are so superficial, it's not even close to Grey's Anatomy...

(imdb)(allocine)



/notes/movies Wanted Thu, 17 Jul 2008

An average man, working in a cubicle, learns that his accelerated heartbeat is actually not an anguish issue, but a skill that would allow him to be a perfect assassin. A fraternity of assassins offers him the choice to become part of them, to start his real life.

Non-stop action, spectacular special effects, great stunts, a nice castle-like factory in Chicago, and a typical Morgan Freeman character

(imdb)(allocine)



/notes/movies Hancock Tue, 15 Jul 2008

A drunkard and careless super-hero, hated by the whole LA, gets some help from a PR guy.

Funny, decent CG, and an unexpected third act

(imdb)(allocine)



A nice club in Paris, indie rock and electro friendly





The awayproxy script (see irssi scripts) allows to get IRC logs when reconnecting to an irssi proxy.



/notes/words/geek Tumblelog Tue, 27 May 2008

From Tumblelog article on Wikipedia:

A tumblelog (or tlog) is a variation of a blog that favors short-form, mixed-media posts over the longer editorial posts frequently associated with blogging. Common post formats found on tumblelogs include links, photos, quotes, dialogues, and video. Unlike blogs, tumblelogs are frequently used to share the author's creations, discoveries, or experiences while providing little or no commentary.



If the articles count or list gets wrong in Gnus with the nnml backend (for example because of full disk), it can be rebuilt this way:

M-x nnml-generate-nov-databases

A more generic way is to go in the Server buffer (^ from the Group buffer) and use g to regenerate all its data structures.



Here are the marks that I should use to distinguish important articles in my gnus mail client:

  • persistent (* mark): important articles that have to stay at hand ("treasure" articles)
  • ticked (! mark): articles that I've partially read, but that I've yet to process (reply, or read more deeply)
  • dormant (? mark): articles that I want to show up if there are replies in the same thread

See matching entries in the Gnus manual:



From: olivier

pornophonique (Jamendo) is 8-bit gameboy acoustic pop-rock micromusic. Suprising :-)

 



/notes/music Moriarty - Jimmy Wed, 27 Feb 2008

From: Erwan | OuiFM

The Buffaloes used to say roam where you roam



To show the list of flags and langs together with a rpm files list:

rpm -q --queryformat '[%{FILEFLAGS:fflags}\t%{FILELANGS}\t%{FILEMODES:perms}\t%{FILENAMES}\n]' <package>

Complete list of rpm tags:

rpm --querytags


From: Arte

A sad icelandic short film about a farmer about to leave his farm. (google video)



/notes/music Kate Havnevik Wed, 20 Feb 2008

From: Grey's Anatomy Episode Songs

Kate Havnevik (official website)



The Vegetable Orchestra performs music solely on instruments made of vegetables. (website)


The vegetable orchestra
Uploaded by alicepalenque



From: MTV2

ineedtodiscover (myspace)



From: Grey's Anatomy 3x04

The Gossip, (official website)



/notes/music Bo - Yokohama Mon, 04 Feb 2008

From: OuiFM

Yokohama, from the french group Bo (official website)


Bo - Yokohama
Uploaded by boldeche





For an unknown reason, after updating Mozilla Firefox to latest cooker package, it failed to start with 1 as exit code. Though, it started fine with another user.

I tried to remove files in my profile one after the other, to see which one was causing the issue. It appeared to be ~/.mozilla/firefox/*.default/compatibility.ini. This file is described in Profile folder - Firefox (Files section).



iBurst (or HC-SDMA, High Capacity Spatial Division Multiple Access) is a wireless broadband protocol (can be compared to WiMAX).

It is for example deployed by iBurst.com.au (PBA) in Australia.

There is an ib wireless broadband driver (sourceforge) for Linux.



pam_console will be replaced by HAL fdi files and ConsoleKit to manage devices permissions. The rules are described in /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/20-acl-management.fdi (they were previously in /etc/security/console.perms*).

See Remove pam_console (Fedorak wiki)



From the wikipedia article:

The Gulag Archipelago is a work based on the Soviet forced labor and concentration camp system by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It is a massive narrative written based on eyewitness testimony and primary research material, as well as the author's own experiences as a prisoner in a Gulag labor camp.



A random Thomson ST2030 VoIP phone is quite easy to configure/hijack, provided that is uses the default admin password, specified in various documents. It even includes a DHCP server and an addtional Ethernet port, simplifying rebel customizations :-)

It can use ringtones in the RTTL format:



The Tor network allows to get stronger anonymity, but does not ensure data security. Data is encrypted between the relay nodes, but exits in clear text at the exit node, where it can be sniffed.

Dan Egerstad was able to collect a lot of e-mail information:

Setting up a Tor relay:



The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a large area of the Pacific ocean, where a vortex of currents accumulates plastic wastes.



Multiple tools exist to manage and switch network profiles based on the physical location:

  • metaconf (written by Gustavo Niemeyer): a generic tool multiple configurations, which can use arping to detect the location
  • guessnet: supports ARP/wireless/pppoe probes
  • divine: uses ARP requests
  • whereami: allows to run a various number of detection hooks, including divine

More on the Network discovering... too many options thread from the debian-laptop ML.



blosxom Optimised for standards.
Olivier Blin (2005)